BC Hydro’s press release after the wake of the wind storm that hit Vancouver mainland on August 29th that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.
Sep 4, 2015
Thanks for helping us weather the big storm
A message from Jessica McDonald, President & CEO of BC Hydro
On Saturday, August 29, the Lower Mainland and parts of Vancouver Island were hit with a significant windstorm. It was quick and intense, and surprised national weather agencies.
710,000 customers in the Lower Mainland and parts of Vancouver Island lost power at some point on the weekend due to this storm – this represents half of all BC Hydro customers in these regions. It was the largest outage in BC Hydro history. Drought-weakened trees fell across hundreds of our power lines, causing widespread outages.
To give you a sense of the damage sustained in the storm over the course of three days, crews replaced approximately 200 power poles and 500 broken cross-arms on pole-tops, fixed 25 damaged transmission circuits and replaced 10,000 metres of wire and more than 1,200 pieces of electrical equipment.
Read the full letter from BC Hydro, follow the link below.
Source: BC Hydro